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Fifty animals that changed the course of history

Author: Eric Chaline
Publisher: New Abbot : David & Charles, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The 50 animals include the horse, dog, rat, whale, reindeer, beaver, flea, leech, dodo, falcon, oyster and shark. These creatures, great and small, have played central roles in the evolution of humankind, but they have remained at the periphery of our understanding of history. Whether it is an advancement in scientific knowledge, a trade war, disease and death, battles won and lost, or encounters with explorers in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Eric Chaline
ISBN: 9781446301432 1446301435
OCLC Number: 747928980
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 223 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), portraits (some color) ; 24 cm
Contents: Mosquito : Anopheles gambiae --
Honeybee : Apis mellifera --
Common minke whale : Balaenoptera acutorostrata --
American buffalo : Bison bison --
Spiny dye-murex : Bolinus brandaris --
Silkworm : Bombyx mori --
Cow : Bos taurus --
Camel : Camelus dromedarius --
Wolf : Canis lupus subsp. --
Dog : Canis lupus familiaris --
Goat : Capra hircus --
North American beaver : Castor canadensis --
North Atlantic herring : Clupea harengus --
Pigeon : Columba spp. --
Carp : Cyprinus carpio spp. --
Cochineal : Dactylopius coccus --
Fruit fly : Drosophila melanogaster --
Donkey : Equus asinus --
Horse : Equus ferus caballus --
Falcon : Falco peregrinus --
Cat : Felis catus --
Atlantic cod : Gadus morhua --
Chicken : Gallus gallus domesticus --
Darwin's finches : Geospiga spp. --
Bald eagle : Haliaeetus leucocephalus --
Leech : Hirudo medicinalis --
Iguanodon : Iguanodon bernissartensis --
Llama : Lama glama --
Elephant : Loxodonta africana --
Earthworm : Lumbricus terrestris --
Spanish fly : Lytta vesicatoria --
Turkey : Meleagris gallopavo subsp. --
Cobra : Naja naja --
Common rabbit : Oryctolagus cuniculus --
Sheep : Ovis aries --
Chimpanzee : Pan troglodytes --
Lion : Panthera leo --
Louse : Pediculus humanus --
Seal : Phoca spp. --
Oyster : Pinctada radiata --
Bat : Pipistrellus pipistrellus --
Reindeer : Rangifer tarandus --
Dodo : Raphus cucullatus --
Rat : Rattus spp. --
Scarab beetle : Scarabaeus sacer --
Desert locust : Schistocerca gregaria --
Schistosome : Schistosoma mansoni --
Pig : Sus domesticus --
Oriental rat flea : Xenopsylla cheopis --
Human : Homo sapiens.
Responsibility: Eric Chaline.

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Charting the relationship between humans and animals and how certain species have been instrumental in the development of our understanding of the evolution of the natural world, this title explores  Read more...

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